Pronunciation: kûrl
v. t.1.To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.
[imp. & p. p. Curled (kûrld); p. pr. & vb. n. Curling.]
But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.
- Cascoigne.
2.To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.
Of his tortuous train,
Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve.
- Milton.
3.To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.
Thicker than the snaky locks
That curledMegæra.
- Milton.
Curling with metaphors a plain intention.
- Herbert.
4.To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.
Seas would be pools without the brushing air
To curl the waves.
- Dryden.
5.(Hat Making) To shape (the brim) into a curve.
v. i.1.To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance; as, leaves lie curled on the ground.
Thou seest it [hair] will not curl by nature.
- Shak.
2.To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls.
Then round her slender waist he curled.
- Dryden.
Curling smokes from village tops are seen.
- Pope.
Gayly curl the waves before each dashing prow.
- Byron.
He smiled a king of sickly smile, and curled up on the floor.
- Bret Harte.
3.To play at the game called curling.
n.1.A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form.
Under a coronet, his flowing hair
In curls on either cheek played.
- Milton.
2.An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity.
If the glass of the prisms . . . be without those numberless waves or curls which usually arise from the sand holes.
- Sir I. Newton.
3.A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.
Blue curls
(Bot.) See under Blue.
Noun1.curl - a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
2.Curl - American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)
3.curl - a strand or cluster of hair
Synonyms: lock, ringlet, whorl
Verb1.curl - form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
Synonyms: kink, curve
2.curl - shape one's body into a curl; "She curled farther down under the covers"; "She fell and drew in"
Synonyms: curl up, draw in
3.curl - wind around something in coils or loops
Synonyms: coil, loop
4.curl - twist or roll into coils or ringlets; "curl my hair, please"
Synonyms: wave
5.curl - play the Scottish game of curling
arc, arch, bend, bend back, bow, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, circle, cirrus, coil, conchoid, corkscrew, crimp, crisp, crook, curlicue, curve, decurve, deflect, diacaustic, dome, ellipse, embow, entwine, evolute, festoon, flex, frizz, frizzle, gyre, helix, hook, hump, hunch, hyperbola, incurvate, incurve, inflect, involute, kink, lituus, lock, loop, parabola, ponytail, recurve, reflect, reflex, retroflex, ringlet, roll, round, sag, screw, scroll, sinus, spiral, swag, sweep, swirl, tendril, tracery, turn, twine, twirl, twist, vault, volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whorl, wind, wreathe
Curing house
Curiosa et captiosa intepretatio in lege reprobatur
Curious arts
curiously enough
-- Curl --
curl up
Curled hair
curled pondweed
curled up
Curlew Jack
curlew sandpiper
curleyleaf pondweed
curling iron
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